How to Mail Orchid Plants


Orchids are tropical plants that do well indoors, given the proper care. They will provide year-round blooms in a wide variety of bright colors. They are propagated by root division every two or three years. Healthy plants are easily packaged and mailed to friends and family through the U.S. Postal Service.

Step 1

Clean the orchid plant roots. Run the roots under water and gently brush off any soil. Set on paper towels and allow to dry for approximately one hour.

Step 2

Place a moistened paper towel in a re-sealable storage bag. Place two to three plants in the bag and seal.

Step 3

Label each bag. Use white labels and a permanent marker to identify the species of orchids in each bag.

Step 4

Layer the bottom of the shipping box with 2 inches of packing peanuts. Place the bags in the box in a single layer. Cover the bags with more packing peanuts. Repeat this until the box has 2 inches of space left from the top and fill the rest of the way with packing peanuts.

Step 5

Seal the box with tape and attach an addressed Priority Mail shipping label on the box for shipping.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Re-sealable storage bags
  • Labels
  • Permanent marker
  • Box
  • Packing peanuts
  • Tape
  • Priority Mail shipping label


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